Certified Parsing of Regular Languages

  • Denis Firsov
  • Tarmo Uustalu
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8307)


We report on a certified parser generator for regular languages using the Agda programming language. Specifically, we programmed a transformation of regular expressions into a Boolean-matrix based representation of nondeterministic finite automata (NFAs). And we proved (in Agda) that a string matches a regular expression if and only if the NFA accepts it. The proof of the if-part is effectively a function turning acceptance of a string into a parse tree while the only-if part gives a function turning rejection into a proof of impossibility of a parse tree.


Pattern Match Regular Expression Incidence Matrix Regular Language Parse Tree 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Denis Firsov
    • 1
  • Tarmo Uustalu
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of CyberneticsTallinn University of TechnologyTallinnEstonia

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